That Paul Simon is one of the absolute greatest songwriters of all time, it changes the fact nothing that he has received only very modest twelve studio albums in over 50 career years. The last was in 2011 "So Beautiful Or So What"Which climbed into the US at No. 4 on the Billboard charts. And it was compared in the press enthusiastically with his greatest successes. Robert Hilburn, legendary pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times tweeted enthusiastically: ".... it is easy to be the best album since 'Graceland'." The same thing saw the editors of Rolling Stone, which Simon had played the recordings personally. "With his 69 years Paul Simon is left enough for a return in the style of 'Time Out Of Mind' [NB .: this album to Bob Dylan had in 1997 after a modest decade back all the way forward catapults]. That shows his new album, which he recently presented in Rolling Stone headquarters and even as his best album since 'Graceland' designated. We agree it as to perfect. "
That same year, Simon took his well-rehearsed band (most of the musicians accompanied him since the late 1990s, some even since the first "Graceland" tour of 1987) on an extensive tour by US clubs and halls , The triumphant closing concert under the title "Paul Simon Live in New York City"Was recorded for CD and DVD, went to the Webster Hall on the stage, a historic theater that holds only 1,200 spectators / listeners.
In addition to songs from the new album ( "The Afterlife", "So Beautiful Or So What", "Rewrite") interpreted Paul Simon with his fantastic band numerous pop classics like "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", "Kodachrome," "Mother And Child Reunion", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "The Sound Of Silence". In short, the success of a 50-year-spanning solo career, compressed to 20 songs, each of which underlines what a talented composer and lyricist Paul Simon.
"Redemption through music"The New York Times was after the concert. "That's why we went to this show, and it was fantastic: ... smart balance, sent developed at precisely the right pace." The Rolling Stone said: "The relaxed atmosphere was a nice contrast to the polished precision of his recent arena tours, a clear sign that Simon his continued evolution as an artist enjoys. "
The production and direction of the DVD took over the same team (John Beug and Martyn Atkins), which had previously already own fOr numerous great concert recordings responsible: including the the Cream reunion at the Royal Albert Hall (2005), Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Guitar Festival" concert dvd (2007) and "Live At The Troubadour" by James Taylor and Carole King (2010).
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